Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Present Simple 'Wh' Questions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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A Day in the Life of a Football Player

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students complete a text about a football player's routine on match day by asking and answering present simple 'Wh' questions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students complete the present simple 'Wh' questions they need to ask to find out the missing information in the text on their worksheet. After the questions have been checked, students A and B are paired together. The students then ask their partner the present simple 'Wh' questions they have prepared and fill in the gaps in the text with their partner's answers. When the students have asked all their questions, they check their answers and spelling by comparing worksheets.

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At the Party

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable speaking activity, students learn how to ask present simple 'Wh' questions about personal information. The class is divided into groups of four and each student is given an identity worksheet. The students' task is to take on the identity of the person on their worksheet and complete the missing information about the other people at the party. Students go around asking present simple 'Wh' questions to the other people in their group and completing their worksheet with the missing information. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on the people they met at the party using the present simple.

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Habits and Routines

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this engaging speaking activity, students ask and answer present simple 'Wh' questions to find people in the class with the same habits and routines. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by answering the present simple 'Wh' questions on the worksheet in the column marked 'You'. When the students have finished, they go around the class asking and answering the questions on their worksheet to find people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same habit or routine, the two students write each other's name in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.

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Information Exchange

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This useful pairwork activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer present simple 'Wh' questions with the third-person singular. In the activity, students exchange information about four people in order to complete missing information in a chart. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask present simple 'Wh' questions from the prompts to their partner and complete the chart with their answers. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.

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Information Gathering

ESL EFL Writing and SpeakingActivity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this rewarding speaking activity, students find out information about their classmates' routines by asking and answering present simple 'Wh' questions. Each student is given a question card about routine activities. The students' task is to find out the answer to the question on their card by speaking to everybody in the class or group. Students go around the class asking and answering their questions and noting down their classmates' responses. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out.

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Just a Normal Day

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students ask a partner about their daily routine using present simple 'Wh' questions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. In pairs, students take it in turns to interview their partner about their daily routine and write their answers on the worksheet. When both students have finished, they compare their lifestyles and look for similarities and differences. Pairs then take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out. As an extension, students write a paragraph about their partner using the present simple.

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Likewise

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This memorable activity teaches students how to ask and answer present simple 'Wh' questions about habits and routines. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing present simple sentences about their habits and routines. The students then work in pairs and write down present simple 'Wh' questions that correspond to the sentences they wrote, e.g. 'What do you do in the evening?' Students write the questions under their sentences. When the students have finished writing, they go around the classroom asking and answering the questions. When a student finds someone with the same answer, the student says 'Likewise'. The two students then write each other's name in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students discuss their findings with the class.

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Put it together

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun speaking activity to help students with present simple question formation. In the activity, students practice asking and answering present simple 'Wh' questions with the verb to be and do. The class is split into groups of three and each group is given a set of question cards.  Students take it in turns to ask each other present simple 'Wh' questions by adding do, does or the verb to be to the question on the card. The other two students respond in turn. Students are encouraged to ask for and give as much information as possible. When the question has been answered, the next student takes a card and so on. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.

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True or False Board Game

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun board game, students practice asking and answering present simple 'Wh' questions about daily routines and habits. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a dice, a copy of the game board, a set of true or false cards, and counters. The students then take turns throwing the dice and moving their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, he/she picks a true or false card at random and looks at it without showing anyone. The student on their right then asks the player a present simple 'Wh' question from the prompt on the square. The player gives a true or false answer accordingly in sentence form. If a player lands on a question mark square, the student on the right can ask any present simple 'Wh' question they like. All the students, including the one that asked the question, guess whether the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. Each student receives one point for a correct guess. Then the next player throws the dice and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Mistakes, Mistakes

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this insightful teaching activity, students correct mistakes in present simple 'Wh' questions and then interview a partner. In the interview, the students ask and answer present simple questions about a friend's habits and routine. The class is split into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, the students find six mistakes on their worksheet and correct them. The students then take it in turns to check their corrections with their partner who has the answer key. After the questions have been checked, students interview each other using the questions on their worksheet. Student A thinks about a male friend and answers Student B’s questions about this friend. Student B thinks of a female friend and answers Student A’s questions about this friend. Afterwards, students tell the class about their partner's friend.

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Question Time

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

Here is a fast-paced speaking game to help students practice making present simple 'Wh' questions. In groups of four, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask as many present simple 'Wh' questions as they can about the topic on the card in two minutes. Students ask their questions to the other group members in turn. Students win a point for each present simple 'Wh' question they ask relating to the topic. Each question must be answered before the student can ask another question. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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